Bristol West MP, Stephen Williams has joined up with the mayor, police and the other MPs for Bristol to launch a pioneering new programme for Bristol schools, which aims to reduce the shocking numbers of girls and women suffering domestic and sexual abuse each year.
The Bristol Ideal is a list of standards for schools that will make a real impact on promoting healthy relationships and tackling domestic and sexual violence. The project will provide teachers with lesson plans, guidance and support, leading to relationships and sex education lessons for every year part of the school curriculum. The project is part of the city's strategy for ending violence and abuse and will cover domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, trafficking, sexual violence and sexual harassment.
Stephen Williams MP has written to all primary and secondary schools in his constituency to ask them for their support. The project already has citywide support from other organisations and as such is linked into:
- Bristol Safeguarding Children's Board's Strategic Priorities 2013-16
- Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner's Priorities
- Bristol's Health and Wellbeing Board Strategy
- Bristol's Healthy School's programme
- Bristol Youth Select Committee's Manifesto
Stephen Williams MP said:
"Violence against women is a terrible problem both in the UK and on a global scale, affecting thousands of women every day in the home, in the street or elsewhere.
"It is a violation of human rights and is both a cause and a consequence of deep-rooted inequality between women and men. It does not occur in a vacuum and it requires a co-ordinated and varied approach. From preventing violence happening in the first place through meaningful culture change, to protecting the victim and empowering women, there is much to be done. We must be determined and fearless in shining a light on abuse wherever it happens, no matter how uncomfortable for the Government or for society.
"I am therefore delighted to support the Bristol Ideal project. Only by working together will we end violence against women and girls, enabling them to live without fear."
More information on the Bristol Ideal project can be found here: www.bristolideal.org.uk.